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Today's News

  • Couple seek grandparents' rights

    We have found that grandparents have little or no rights when it comes to grandchildren. We wonder if there are other grandparents who share this same concern.

  • International festival features a bit of 'everything and everybody'

    The fourth annual Multi-Cultural Information Center International Festival will be Saturday, and it promises to be the largest and most diverse one yet.

    The event, slated for noon to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Starr Hall at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, is intended to showcase the value of ethnic diversity in the community, said Sal Estrada, president of the MCIC and festival organizer.

    "The purpose is to re-introduce the multicultural center to the community and allow the this community to see the people who make it up," Estrada said.

  • Carjacked: A mother's worst nightmare

    He has my children.

    "All you can yell is, 'He has my children,'" said carjacking survivor April Deese, 29. She screamed that as a man stole her Honda Odyssey van with her sons still inside and headed down Main Street last week.

    Deese took her sons bowling and out to eat while her husband, Ryan, attended a men's night at Second Baptist Church on May 29. After supper, she and the boys went to Kmart.

  • Writer thanks retiring sheriff, congratulates new one

    Writer thanks retiring sheriff, congratulates new one

    I know when Billy Dale and I voted for Johnny Cauthen for sheriff he was the best. Johnny has helped us so much. Billy Dale suffered a severe head injury in his wreck and has cussed Johnny and his deputies several times. But they knew Billy Dale was sick and helped anyway.

  • County, schools a step closer to sharing funds

    County Council and the school board are a step closer to establishing an agreement to share money the county gets from residential developers.

    Since last year, members from the two entities have been discussing ways to help deal with growth in the county. The idea is to require developers coming to provide money that can help build new schools or maintain and improve existing buildings.

  • Build strong community by strengthening families

    Summer is fast approaching and Family Promise is rolling along with full steam. Monthly meetings may seem mundane to some, but for me they are exciting.

    Family Promise is on a ride of its life. With humble beginnings in September it has reached a modest middle ground. There is a lot to do and plenty of time to do it right.

    A pace has been set for Family Promise’s progress and we, on the committees, can only go with the flow and course that God has put us on.

    Prayers have been said all along and now we are seeing some graces unfold before our eyes.

  • Make plans to vote in Tuesday primary

    On Tuesday voters across the state can exercise one of the most privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in local and state government.

    While it is a primary two local races will be pretty much be decided, barring any last-minute surprises. Larry McCullough and Alan D. Patterson are running on the Republican ticket for the County Council District 1 race. There is no Democratic opposition.

    Incumbent Wayne Kersey will face Kathy Sistare in the County Council District 7 race. There is no Republican opposition.

  • Brakes fail, causing woman to crash car into her own house

    Brake failure caused a Lancaster woman to ram her car into her own home Tuesday afternoon.

    Kwame Harris was approaching the stop sign at Pine Street near Springs Memorial Hospital when she realized her 1990 four-door Cadillac wouldn't stop.

    Her house was just a few yards away – on the other side of Meeting Street – so she turned right onto Meeting Street and immediately got into the median.

  • Man accused in carjacking has record dating back to '95

    The man accused of stealing a Lancaster woman's van with her two children still inside last week has an extensive criminal record.

    Phillip Keith Sims, 29, of 3346 Pageland Highway, is charged with carjacking, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of kidnapping and resisting arrest in connection with the incident in the Kmart parking lot on May 29.

    According to State Law Enforcement Division records, Sims is no stranger to the law.

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